The purpose of Alberta Home Care is to keep the person with dementia in his or her home for as long as possible before being transferred to a Supportive Living or Long-term Care facility. The Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation, written by Alberta Health, provides information on the various aspects of the program including the services rendered, requirements for admission into the program, the appointment and duties of the manager, fees and reimbursements. This document should be read by anyone interested in the program since it provides details not found elsewhere.
The duration of the home care services depends on many factors including the state and progression of the illness and the availability of a caregiver living in the home. According to the regulations, the services can be divided into the following main categories, each of which includes one or more of the subcategories:
- Health Care Service
- Nursing service.
- Rehabilitation therapy service.
- Health care procedures authorized and supervised by a nurse or a rehabilitation therapist.
- Personal Care Service
- Personal hygiene care.
- Assistance with personal activities of daily living.
- Homemaking Service
- Adult sitting and child care.
- Routine housecleaning, laundry, ironing and mending.
- Budgeting, banking, paying bills or shopping for essentials.
- Menu planning and meal preparation.
The Alberta Home Care Office staff delivers a co-ordinated care program provided under the regulation. Based on the use of the words “shall provide” and “may provide” in the regulations, the table below shows what appear to be mandatorily and optionally available services. Since different Home Care offices may offer different optional services, potential Home Care Clients should obtain a list of services offered in their area. AHS provides a summary of the services provided in the South Zone. Specific services provided by the Medicine Hat Home Care Office and other local suppliers are identified in the table. In order to access Alberta Home Care services, Clients must first be assessed by one of the Home Care staff to determine the admission into the program and the needs of the person with dementia. More detailed information is provided in Section 188.8.131.52 of the Where do we go from here? document.
|Personal care service*||Rehabilitation therapy service*|
|Nursing service *||Dressings*|
|Homemaking service****||Medications and other related preparations*****|
|The temporary use of a health aid not provided under
the Alberta Aids to Daily Living and Extended Health Benefits
regulation under the Act**
|Heavy housework service*****|
|The services commonly known as “Meals on Wheels” and
“Wheels to Meals”***
|Home Care services that are mandatorily or optionally available; from the Alberta Public Health Act “Co-ordinated Home Care Program Regulation”|
Home Care Program Regulation”
|Provided by: Medicine Hat Home Care*,
Canadian Red Cross and AJ’s Loan Cupboard** and the
|City of Medicine Hat Seniors Services***. ****Medicine Hat Home Care only provides adult sitting through the|
|Self Managed Care Program using third-party service providers. *****Not Available|